Pat Green

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It’s impossible to know your limits without testing them.

It’s a truth that Pat Green has employed in his career, one that has propelled him to repeatedly refashion his sound, his approach and his own perception of who he is.

He’s simultaneously a Grammy-nominated hit maker with an outsider reputation, a Texas inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.

Each of those roles has its own place. But each of them is too small to define Pat Green, who after 15 years in the recording business has earned the right to be everything Pat Green can be. Without limitations.

“I’d much rather be me and comfortable in my own skin than trying to be five different guys to get to the top,” he says.

In fact, after building a reputation as an ace songwriter of his own material, Green is fighting even that limitation with Songs We Wish We’d Written II, a sequel to a 2001 album he recorded with longtime friend—and fellow Texan—Cory Morrow.

Stocked with music penned by the likes of Lyle Lovett, Tom Petty, Shelby Lynne and Jon Randall, the disc—Green’s first for the acclaimed Sugar Hill label—mixes country, rock and blues in a manner that defies categorization. Petty’s “Even The Losers” and Collective Soul’s “The World I Know” will be familiar to just about anyone who gives the album a listen. Others, such as Aaron Lee Tasjan’s quirky “Streets Of Galilee” and Todd Snider’s burning “I Am Too,” are introductions from the underground to a large majority of music fans.

Songs We Wish We’d Written II is an expansive step in Green’s ongoing development. By piecing together songs from a variety of writers, he was able to assemble an album that reflects the multiple genres that influence him as an artist. The source of the songs wasn’t as important as the quality of the music and its ability to connect with Green’s maturing sense of his craft.

“If you listen to my young music or anybody’s young music, it’s all over the place,” he suggests. “It sounds like that because the thoughts are all over the place. You were sleeping on mattresses on the floor, the TV was on a cinderblock – that’s all cool. That’s all we needed, then. Now, I’ve grown up a bit.  As my life has evolves, my taste for music continues to evolve with it.”

While Green was looking for songs for the album from outside sources, he was adamant about recording music that ultimately seemed designed specifically for him and his band. With drummer Justin Pollard co-producing, Green drew up an initial list of 10 titles and recorded them during a concentrated week of sessions in Austin. They tracked another five in Tyler, Texas, then culled the best to get the final 10 cuts on Songs We Wish We’d Written II, creating a cohesive package from disparate sources.

“We all just sat around discussing and if somebody’s idea would sound better than my idea, I’d get fixated on it,” Green says. “I would very much encourage them to bring an idea. For instance, the Walt Wilkins song ‘If It Weren’t For You,’ that was somebody else’s idea completely. There were all kinds of ideas going around from Genesis and Peter Gabriel, Colin Hay from Men at Work – all kinds of crazy stuff from the ‘80s. Of course, we ended up with Petty from 1979.”

They also ended up with a stellar list of guests. Collective Soul’s Ed Roland brings an authentic cynicism to “The World I Know,” Jack Ingram’s threads a snarling desperation into “I Am Too,” Cory Morrow adds a craggy earthiness to “If I Had A Boat,” and former Sons of the Desert member Drew Womack adds a smooth, Vince Gill-like presence as a backing vocalist on the driving “Austin.”

Monte Montgomery provides a thick, expressive blues voice on the Allman Brothers’ “Soulshine” and trades licks with Green’s guitarist, Chris Skrobot, in some of the most riveting moments on Written II, with their dueling lines careening like pinballs.

Skrobot also introduced Green to Aaron Lee Tasjan, who’s something of a new discovery on the album. Tasjan’s “Streets Of Galilee” combines a seemingly random parade of images into an escapist story while Tasjan makes a wry vocal appearance, adding an ethereal presence in the mold of AAA talent Brett Dennen.

“Aaron is a super guy, an amazing talent, and he has a band in New York called The Madison Square Gardeners, so he’s obviously a very funny, very clever human being,” Green assesses. “He’s definitely the kind of writer I really enjoy listening to.”

“Galilee,” “Soulshine,” “Jesus On A Greyhound” and the imagery in “Austin” combine to form a spiritual undercurrent on the album akin to the message of Green’s biggest hit, “Wave On Wave.” It’s appropriate – Green spent much of the last two years searching his conscience as he battles the prism of limitations that were created by his own successes in Texas, and on a national stage.

And in a way, Songs We Wish We’d Written II is the first chapter in the next act of his career.

“There’s a man inside of me now that didn’t used to live here, whereas there was only a boy before,” he says. “The boy was so strong and had done so much, so I’m kind of seeing things in a new way. The last couple years have really been an eye opener, much more intense and richer.”

That’s a large statement – Green’s life and career have already been filled with rich experiences. He’s co-written songs with Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Jewel and Rob Thomas. Appeared on such national TV shows as Austin City Limits, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show With David Letterman. Been hailed by Billboard, USA Today, Esquire, People and Country Weekly. Toured with the likes of Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and the Dave Matthews Band. And become a concert force in his own right, regularly selling out venues from Los Angeles to New York, where he’s now sold out his last seven appearances.

All of that is impressive. But it’s also history. As much as he appreciates it, Green puts it in his place on his cover of “Even The Losers,” where he highlights a lyric that Petty obscured in the original: “It’s such a drag when you’re living in the past.”

Green may be recognized for those past achievements, but he doesn’t intend to be limited by them as he continues to progress creatively. And that progress will come by simply testing what it means to be Pat Green.

“I want to be me,” he says. “There are so many people who live with so many masters in their lives. I really just need one.”

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Pat Green  03/31/2009            
The Lone Star State
This is in response to Jared's message- "Now, he puts out an amazing record, except for one song which sounds like Rascal Fags should be singing it, "Let Me", and you people who are listening to this, obviously can't understand that this is probably the closest to "Texas Roots" music that Pat has had since he left Texas..." this album sounds NOTHING like his "texas roots." if you think his texas roots started with the Three Days album....then maybe. This is another swing and a miss for Pat Queen. As for the song Country Star, Pat stated that he wrote this song as a joke....did anyone know that? cuz everything he writes about in the song is exactly "What [he's] For." And yes....Pat still wrote some songs on this album....i know....i know...rare to see a Nashville artist writing their own music...but its true. My opinion is- if an artist drops the word Texas from one of his best songs (Carry On) just to fill an empty spot on his new Nashville album, or if he doesnt mention the Lone Star State anymore in his music, or if he starts dropping Nashville names like a graduation ceremony, or if he completely changes himself to get his name out there; then i think this artist qualifies as a sellout in every meaning of the word. He stated that he did not sign with Nashville because of the money, but to get his sound out to the world. What happened next? He changed his sound (one of the best in TX music) to get his name out to the record companies. He can now be respected as a business man, a Nashville investor, all eyes on the money...and no longer a Texas song writer. one more thing.....who sings a Grease song at a Texas Rodeo? Pat Green! I am proud that the fans didnt sing along with him. He saw this....and he quit before he was half-way through the song. One word (and i quote TXFireman)- "Nashville Puppet"
Pat Green  03/31/2009            
And, by the way, amen to Dan & DJ Devin!!!!!!!!!
Pat Green  03/31/2009            
You people can't even reply! That's awesome!! Maybe you pulled your heads out of your butts!!!
Pat Green  03/24/2009            
Come down to "my place" and drink with me awhile? Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha... Have fun drinkin with Cowboy Troy!! Stay hot.. what a joke of an album... way to stick to your guns.
Pat Green  03/19/2009            
umm no Pat lives in Fort Worth... if your gonna talk crap people at least get your facts sraight!
Pat Green  03/15/2009            
To all the haters, I understand, Pat Green did changed his style since he moved to NashVegas!!! But what I can't figure out is how you can't get your head out of your butts to actually LISTEN to the music on this CD!!! I agree, on Lucky Ones, you could actually see where Pat went from his "Texas Roots" to the manufactured Nashville sound, right after "College". As far as Cannonball goes, it should have never been produced, it sucked. Although "Dixie Lullaby" was really good. Now, he puts out an amazing record, except for one song which sounds like Rascal Fags should be singing it, "Let Me", and you people who are listening to this, obviously can't understand that this is probably the closest to "Texas Roots" music that Pat has had since he left Texas and moved to Nashville!!! Even though I was about to give up on Pat, I am EXTREMELY glad that I bought this album and might actually give Pat another chance on his next album!!!
Pat Green  03/03/2009            
pepper n okc
i can see the lack of barroom, big arena, getting older being a dad and 2 much time on a bus n the cd.i say just go back 2 listen 2 the magic of live at billy bobs texas and find that it that made us all fans on the next we need it please
Pat Green  03/03/2009            
This is probably one of the worst records ever!! Whatever happened to the "George's Bar, Dancehall Dreamer, Take me out to the dancehall"? Pat "Nashville" Green you are no longer wanted in Texas. It has nothing to do with signing a record deal, their are numerous bands who have deals and they still don't let Nashville tell them how to make music. Keep hanging out with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney because you sound just like them.........Horrible and a Nashville puppet
Pat Green  03/01/2009            
dancehall dreamer, nightmare, southbound 35, george's bar, etc....these are all good songs. people from texas, including myself, like the old pat, the pat that once wrote "lonestar beer in my cereal is keeping me alive". its funny, everytime you see him play in texas such as at chili fest, he doesnt play anything from nashville...hmm, i wonder why. because its garbage and everyone in texas knows it as well as he does. i am with the guy that said enjoy your money and stay out of texas. i hope you dont play any nashville garbage at chili fest this year...
Pat Green  02/28/2009            
State of Texas
Dear Pat, Who are you? Cunt-ry Star? unfortunate it is that after hearing your songs (since "Gay on Wave") i know how it feels to stick a 10" screwdriver in my ear. i remember my brother (when he was 5) loved your song, "Pat and Jack's Blues" (for those of you post "Three Days" fans, he played a harmonica while his dog howled...never would this be allows in Rashville). Now i'm ashamed to play any song "by" you. I have no respect for your dreams of "hanging out with Kenny, Faith, and Tim" or drinking your "pink champagne with Queef Urban" (from his new song, Country Star). According to me Pat, you died. You dont sing "Songs about Texas" and you didnt "give up on Nashville a long time ago." You can say "Adios Days" to the land that built your career. Your days as the "Dancehall Dreamer" have gone "Down to the River" and drowned. So long Pat- may your champagne be pink. Your long lost friend, The State of Texas
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